Meet the speakers and partners of 2022
She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation in the section of the Law on Technologies of the Information and the Knowledge as well as Arbitrator of the European Association of Arbitration (ITC Section). She formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD (Working Party on information Security and Privacy; WPISP) in charge of the 2013 review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. She formerly participated in the Group of Experts selected by the Spanish DPA to prepare the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards in 2009.
Cecilia has written numerous publications on data protection and regularly lectures on data protection, IT and ecommerce at different Masters Programs and seminars.
Dr. Florian Bayer
As a Senior Director of Product Management, Matt is responsible for building product strategies in bringing the ForgeRock product portfolio to market. Matt works closely with customers and partners to understand the current market demands and bring them to the product teams to deliver the most modern and comprehensive platform in IAM. Prior to joining ForgeRock, Matt has over 20 years experience in the Identity Management and Security space working with companies such as Oracle, Symantec, Unisys and Passlogix.
Dr. Stefan Brink
Dr. Stefan Brink has been the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of Baden-Württemberg since January 1, 2017. He was elected by the Baden-Württemberg state parliament for a term of six years.
From 2008 to 2016, he was Head of Private Data Protection at the State Commissioner for Data Protection of Rhineland-Palatinate, and since 2012 he has also been Deputy State Commissioner for Freedom of Information of Rhineland-Palatinate.
After receiving his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Hans Herbert von Arnim (German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer), Stefan Brink worked for the Scientific Service of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Parliament, then as a judge at the Koblenz Administrative Court and as a research assistant at the Federal Constitutional Court (1st Senate, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Gaier).
Pierre Cholet joined Decentriq as head of Business Development in 2021 after working for 7 years at Palantir Technologies. He holds an MSc from ENSAE ParisTech and NYU Courant Institute. He currently resides in Berlin.
Susanne Dehmel has been a member of the Executive Board of Bitkom since October 2014, where she is responsible for the Legal & Security business unit and the topic of artificial intelligence.
She is a member of the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag "Artificial Intelligence - Social Responsibility and Economic, Social and Ecological Potential". She also represents the business community on the Expert Council for Consumer Affairs of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and is on the Data Protection Advisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG. For Bitkom, Susanne Dehmel also serves as deputy chairwoman of the Self-Regulation of the Information Economy Association (Verein Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft e.V.). (SRIW) and of Deutschland sicher im Netz e.V. (Germany Secure on the Net).
Susanne Dehmel is a lawyer and completed her law studies in Passau, Freiburg and Cardiff. Before she took over the area of data protection at Bitkom, she was responsible for the areas of copyright and industrial property rights from 2002-2009. She has been head of the data protection department since 2010. An important part of her work is the promotion of trust and security in the digital world and, in particular, the practical further development of the legal framework for the digital economy and society.
Morgane Donse is the Deputy Director of the International Data Unit in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, delivering the UK's international data policy, including through the UK's bilateral and multilateral engagement on data with partners across the world. Prior to this role, Morgane worked on a wide range of policy issues across the UK government, including supporting the development of the NHS Covid-App.
Omar Ali Fdal
Peter has worked as Google’s Global Privacy Counsel since 2006. Based in Europe, Peter is Google’s longest-serving privacy leader. He counsels Google teams on how to design privacy-sensitive and legally compliant products. Peter has designed many of Google’s privacy compliance programs. He has met with thousands of privacy officials and leaders worldwide. Peter has managed scores of regulatory actions around the world, and appeared before some of the world’s highest courts. Prior to joining Google, Peter worked for 10 years at Microsoft, as EMEA privacy leader and Director of Regulatory Compliance.
Peter is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is an elite swimmer.
Before joining Facebook Stefano worked for 10 years with the Telefonica Group, where he was responsible for all legal matters arising from the Global Digital Services and Big Data divisions of the Telefonica Group as well as Telefonica Insurance and Financial Service Divisions.
He routinely appears before European Authorities (EU Commission, EU Parliament, national regulators), as well as Latam and US authorities. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on data protection, privacy and technology.
As an Account Executive Ruth has lots of conversations with ForgeRock prospects and customers and understands the key pain points and questions customers have around the topic of Privacy, in particular when they develop their Identity Cloud Strategy. Ruth is a long-term ForgeRocker. She started her career at ForgeRock in Norway six years ago as a Business Development Manager and worked alongside ForgeRock customers for the past 3 years before becoming an Account Executive.
Alex has served as Director of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program since July 2019. In this role, he is responsible for management and administration of the Privacy Shield program, as well as policy regarding transatlantic data privacy, data flows, and digital trade issues. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Alex served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Communications and Internet Policy at the U.S. Department of State. In that role, he was responsible for global data privacy issues, surveillance, law enforcement access to data, civil liberties, data flows, digital trade, as well as digital economy policy in Europe. Previously, from 2016 to 2017, Alex served at the White House as Senior Policy Advisor for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council. His responsibilities included EU-U.S. Privacy Shield implementation, EU Digital Single Market engagement, G-20 digital economy outcome negotiations, China digital economy and cybersecurity issues, APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules expansion, and a range of other matters at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. From 2015 to 2016, Alex served as Director for the European Union, Southern Europe, and European Economic Affairs at the National Security Council, and oversaw negotiation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Alex was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for 18 years. Alex holds a B.A. in International Economics and Russian Studies from George Washington University.
Dr Waldemar Grudzien
Dr Waldemar Grudzien is Expert Partner of the Technology Think Tank - CORE SE. The focus of his work is on information security and data protection. In addition to large and small market participants from the financial sector, his clients also include large German institutions from other economic sectors. He is responsible for the fact that CORE is one of the few 1000 companies in Germany that has been allowed to carry the ISO-27001 certification for years. In addition to his advisory client business, he regularly publishes on the topic of information security and data protection. Since May 2021, Waldemar has been Chairman of the Information Security Working Group at Bitkom with over 1,400 members.
Emily Hancock is Director, Senior Associate General Counsel (Head of Product, Privacy & IP) and Data Protection Officer for San Francisco-based Cloudflare, Inc., where she provides strategic leadership on global data privacy issues, working cross-functionally with product, security, policy and legal teams to advance Cloudflare’s mission of helping to build a better Internet through privacy-first security, performance and reliability services. Emily has nearly 20 years of experience practicing data protection law. Before joining Cloudflare in 2018, Emily was Vice President, Legal at Evernote. Prior to that, Emily held positions at Yahoo and in private practice working on a wide variety of data protection matters.
Dr. Jürgen Hartung
Jürgen Hartung has been a partner at Oppenhoff since 2015. He is leader of the practice group Information, Technology & Communications and leader of the sector group Digital Business.
He is specialised in advising enterprises on data protection and IT law issues with a focus on digital business, IT projects and e-commerce. His data protection experience covers a wide range of matters, e.g. Internet of Things, mobile services, internal investigations, international transfers of personal data, social media, data breaches, data protection organisations, data-protection audits, etc. Furthermore, Jürgen Hartung advises on compliance issues, including risk analyses and the structuring of internal compliance organisations. He is also the firm’s contact person for the area South-East Asia region.
As a leading IT lawyer, Jürgen Hartung is regularly recommended in international rankings such as Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers. In 2019 he was named IT Lawyer of the Year by the US publishing house Best Lawyers in Germany. Jürgen Hartung is also frequently represented in the JUVE rankings and has been the most recommended data protection lawyer in the kanzleimonitor.de study for many years.
Josh Kallmer is Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations at Zoom. He was most recently Executive Vice President for Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), leading efforts to influence policy development around the globe. Before joining ITI, he acted as counsel for Crowell & Moring LLP and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.
Prof Ulrich Kelber
Born on 29 March 1968 | married, 5 children
- 1987 to 1993 studied computer science and biology in Bonn
- 1993 to 1995 worked as research associate at the GMD Research Centre for Information Technology
- 1996 to 2002 knowledge management consultant at an IT company (consultative function from September 2000 to September 2002).
- 2000 to 2018 Member of the German Bundestag,
- Won the direct mandate in the city of Bonn in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017
- 2005 to 2013 Vice-Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group for the issues of environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety, food, agriculture and consumer protection and sustainability.
- December 2013 to March 2018 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection,
- Since January 2019, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
10 years experience in the digital industry, both at IBM and Google. Various functions across consulting, sales, marketing and go-to market.
Dr Jacek Lagoni
Kay started at Genetec in 2020 as a Regional Sales Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. He established strong country teams that are in charge to manage our ongoing business and relationship with end users and channel partners. Kay joined Genetec in 2020. Prior to this, he oversaw sales and business operations of the German entity of Kramer electronics, an international manufacturer of business solutions in the audio and video sector. He also held various sales and area management positions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Oracle, Deutsche Telekom, Polycom, HP.
Dr Carlo Piltz
Dr. Carlo Piltz is a partner in Piltz Legal, a certified data protection officer (TÜV®) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E). He advises national and international clients on issues of data protection, IT security and IT law, both in day-to-day business and in complex cases and contract negotiations. In addition, he is himself active as an external data protection commissioner.
Dr Carlo Piltz was invited as an expert in the respective parliaments for both the new version of the Federal Data Protection Act and the Berlin State Data Protection Act. He is part of the editorial board of the professional journal "Privacy in Germany" (PinG) and has been editor-in-chief of the journal "Datenschutz-Berater" since the end of 2019. In addition, he runs the internet blog "De Lege Data" on data protection law issues and developments (www.delegedata.de) and can point to numerous publications.
Adam Preis is a Senior Product & Solution Marketing Manager at ForgeRock, and is responsible for industry marketing in the EMEA region. Over the past 10 years, Adam has taken a number of digital offerings to market, managed complex technology projects, and led customer and partner relationships across the private and public sectors.
A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became on 1th December 2019 European Commissioner for Justice.
After presiding the Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992.
On 12th July 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 6th December 2011) and, on 18th July 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 30th November 2019).
He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 11th October 2004 until 14th February 2011.
He was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 6th December 2011 until 11th October 2014.
He became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions on 11th October 2014 (until 30th November 2019).
He has also been Minister of Defense since 9 December 2018.
Since 1th December 2019 he is European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.
Dr Frank Schemmel
Dr Frank Schemmel, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, supports DataGuard since 2018 in various management positions (incl. Head of Privacy) and is currently responsible for the company-wide content and strategic design as well as optimization of the DataGuard service lines "Privacy" and "Compliance", a hybrid model of first-class consulting and support through self-developed, scalable software solutions. As a certified Data Protection Officer (TÜV) and Compliance Officer (Univ.), he advises on all topics of data protection, IT security and general compliance. Before joining DataGuard, he worked for Allen & Overy LLP for five years in the area of data protection and employment law as a consultant and legal project manager. He regularly publishes in relevant media and shares his experience as a lector at universities (Duesseldorf, Augsburg), conference speaker (euroforum Datenschutzkongress, bitkom Privacy Conference, IAPP Data Protection Intensive: Deutschland) and webinar host.
David Schönwerth is a Policy Officer for Data Economy in the team for AI & Big Data at Bitkom in Berlin. His work focuses on data policy, data spaces, and data technologies, horizontally and vertically, from a German and European perspective. He studied Information Systems in Stuttgart and Hohenheim as well as Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris. Before starting at Bitkom, he made his first professional experiences in the public and private sector, including with the European Commission, the Bundeskartellamt, Microsoft Germany, and Capgemini Germany.
Barbara Thiel was elected by the state of Lower Saxony's Parliament as Data Protection Officer for Lower Saxony on the 18th December 2014 and has been appointed for eight years. Her task is to supervise the adherence to data protection rules by public authorities as well as by companies and other private organizations in Lower Saxony and to protect the right on informational self-determination by doing so. Barbara Thiel grew up in the town of Salzgitter. After she started her career with the community of Salzgitter, her law studies in Göttingen and legal clerkship in Lower Saxony she worked for the Ministery of the Interior in Lower Saxony, for the Central Auditing Authority of Lower Saxony and for the county of Wolfenbüttel. At last she was Head of Department at the region of Hannover.
Axel Voss is a trained lawyer, lecturer and current MEP. As a member of the JURI committee, he became Coordinator for the EPP Group in JURI in January 2017. He is also a member and rapporteur of the AIDA committee and substitute member in the LIBE Committee; furthermore, he was appointed Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand. The European Data Protection Package and the Copyright Reform were crucial elements of his parliamentary work. He further focuses on the PNR dossiers, digitalisation and artificial intelligence.
He is a multilingual legal practitioner with a strong international record and a passion for cloud and data technologies, innovation and sustainable development. His unique set of skills and his interdisciplinarity equip him with an innovative and efficient solution oriented mind-set, which allows him to successfully face the daily challenges of dynamic global markets and develop both, sustainable solutions and strategies.
Rebekka Weiß heads the Trust and Security Department at Bitkom and is responsible for the content work in the areas of data protection, competition and antitrust law and trust services, among others. Rebekka Weiß is a fully qualified lawyer and also holds a Master of Laws in "Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy" from the University of Glasgow. She studied in Potsdam and Lausanne (Switzerland) and completed her second state examination. She gained practical experience, inter alia, in her work at a law firm with a focus on data protection and competition law.
Michael Will was appointed President of the State Office for Data Protection Supervision on 1 February 2020 for a period of five years.
After studying law in Würzburg and completing his legal traineeship in Bamberg, he began his professional career as an administrative lawyer in the services of the Free State of Bavaria at the government of Upper Franconia in Bayreuth in 1995. After moving to the Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior in 1997 and to the Bavarian State Chancellery in 2000, Michael Will became head of the Department of Public Safety and Order in the Landshut District Office in 2002. At the same time, he was Managing Director of the Zweckverband für Rettungsdienst und Feuerwehralarmierung Landshut. In 2006, he returned to the Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior as an advisor in the subject area of road law.
In 2009, Michael Will was appointed Head of the Data Protection Department at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior for Sport and Integration. He also held the office of the official data protection commissioner there and was a member of the Data Protection Commission of the Bavarian State Parliament.
On behalf of the Bundesrat, he accompanied the entire deliberations of the Council Working Party on Data Protection and Exchange of Information (DAPIX) on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 2012 to 2015 and also performed the tasks of the country observer in the committee pursuant to Art. 93 of the GDPR, which is involved, for example, in the adoption of adequacy decisions by the European Commission.
Miriam Wimmer is currently a Director at the Brazilian National Data Protection Authority. She holds a PhD degree in Communications and Cultural Policy from the Faculty of Communication of the University of Brasilia, and a Master degree in Public Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She took part in the one-year International Division Program of Waseda University, in Tokyo, with academic distinction.
She is a professional civil servant since 2007 and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), with experience in senior positions in different public organizations, such as the national telecommunications regulator, Anatel, the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, where she worked on the Brazilian Digital Transformation Strategy and the National AI Strategy. She is also a Professor of Law at IDP Brasília, lecturing on personal data protection and regulation of new technologies.
Markus Zechel has been a consultant for data protection and information security since 2004. In addition to his training as an electrotechnical assistant and industrial clerk, Mr Zechel has also worked as an employee in an IT system house. After working as an independent consultant, he has been Managing Consultant of migosens GmbH since 2011. His customers include companies from the telecommunications and energy sectors, as well as companies from the healthcare sector and SMEs. Mr Zechel is an IRCA Lead Auditor ISO 27001 and approved by TÜV Rheinland as Lead Auditor for ISO 27001 and critical infrastructures (§ 8a BSiG) and ISO 27701. In addition, he is also well versed in various other topics. These include: Trainer and lecturer at the International School of IT Security (isits): Basic IT Protection BSI and ISO 27001, Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301).
Anke Zimmer-Helfrich is a lawyer and is head of the journals Recht der Neuen Medien at the publishing house C.H. BECK in Munich.
As Editor-in-Chief she is responsible for the conception and management of the magazines "MultiMedia und Recht (MMR)" and since 2011 the "Zeitschrift für Datenschutz (ZD)" including the news services MMR-Aktuell and ZD-Aktuell. In addition, she conceives further magazine, book, seminar and online projects.
Previously she worked as managing editor for the magazine "Computer und Recht (CR)" until 1996. Since 2002 she has held a teaching position for "Journalism and Law" at the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster.
In addition to IT law, telecommunications law, copyright and media law as well as e-commerce, she has many years of expertise in data protection law.